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Just when she had finally moved on…
…He moved back.

When college freshman Liz Wagner hears her ex's voice for the first time since he moved clear across the freaking country, she does what any respectable girl would do: Dive into the girls' bathroom.

Zach Roberts—the Zach Roberts—is back. And he’s everywhere Liz looks—infiltrating her friend group, buddy-buddy with her brothe...more
ebook, 211 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Berkley Penguin Group (USA)
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Cassie Mae
Holy crappit, this book was beyond amazing.

Lizzie and Zach have unbelievable chemistry. The kind that makes you want them to just jump each other every time they're together, but you know they won't. So when they do... gah, it's like YES! Totally awesome.

I love the storyline, filled with heartbreak, but also filled with just the right amount of humor. Zach's jokes were hilarious, and his relationship with Lizzie's brother Josh is so bromantic, I wish I could find two guys who look like them and...more
Alla Kar
I loved this book so much. The heartbreak is so real, the emotions so enticing. I would have dove into the bathroom if I saw my ex, too! :)

I recommend this to anyone who loves NA Romance, or a swoon-worthy good guy!

READ THIS BOOK! :))))


Love,
ALLA KAR :)
Lexi Lynn
5 I'll Never Let You Go Stars



Before I get into it, I'm just going to point out that I wrote "Lexi" several times on that picture before remembering the main character's name was "Lizzie" Whoops! Guess that means I really identified with her, haha.

I read because I love CHARACTERS. Give me a character driven book and I'm all over that like pregnant women on all-you-can-eat buffets. (Never) Again had just what I was looking for right now. A torn heroine, a boy who needed some MAJOR making up to do...more
Rashika (is tired)
I won't write a review for this because I have wayy too many to write and I am not good at juggling.
So I shall sum this book up in a single word (and gif).
ADORABLE.
Oh and yes this was an AWESOME NA so I've finally had my break through (although Defiance was kind of like it.. but nevermind that I love this book too much). I am probably going to re-read it :P

Mandy
Loved this book! It was very sweet and had a great story! Didn't like Zach at the beginning but he's now on my top 25 list of book boyfriends! Loved it!
Claire Robinson
DNF - For now.

Really not liking the Heroine, and not feeling any connection or interest with the rest of the characters or the storyline either.

I may return at some point.
Jenny Morris
Oh Zach how I love your chocolate chip colored eyes. This book has one of my FAVORITE wake up scenes ever. (Let's just say there might be wood involved.) I loved Zach and Liz's story. Theresa had me laughing, and swooning. And did I mention crying? I'm pretty sure I was up at 2AM sniffling into my pillow with this one.

The idea of first love is sweet and fun and when they move on it can be hard. But I was very happy that Liz got another chance at her first love.

Michelle Leah Olson
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Associate Reviewer - Marta C:
*eARC received from the Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

My first read from this author and most definitely not my last! I loved it! The emotions just tore me apart; yes I even cried.

(Never) Again is a story told in first person about Liz Wagner and how she's starting life in college. At eighteen she knows all about heartbreak, as the boy she loved moved away and never kept in touch. Falling into depression, s...more
Melissa Carpenter
This is a great New Adult title full of swoony romance, college life, and difficult decision making.

Liz is perfectly happy with her group of friends, her somewhat stable boyfriend, and life in general. She had a great high school romance that teenage girls dream of... until her boyfriend, Zach, moved away and eventually just stopped calling, ripping her heart out and ruining her senior year of high school. When he shows up again, all the old feelings of love and pain show up again with him. Liz...more
Sarah
This was an okay contemporary romance, but it dragged.

The characters in this were okay, but I didn’t love them. Liz was stubborn and didn’t like to listen to what other people had to say, and Zach was such an ass to suddenly stop calling her.

The storyline in this was alright, but it got a bit repetitive. It felt like we just kept going over the same ‘he left me’ thing over and over again, and Liz was too stubborn to even consider why he did it.
We did get one steamy scene between Liz and Zach but...more
Abbie
Actual rating - 2.5

(Never) Again dragged. I'm glad it was only short!

I can't say i liked any of the characters.
Liz annoyed me. All she did was moan about how Zach left her, and kept wondering why he did it. Why she couldn't just ask him is beyond me. The love interestes weren't any better. They both had moments where they were arses, and Zach's excuse for not phoning her was a load of crap.

The book was dull and repetitive, and i couldn't wait to finish it.

Marta Cox
My first read from this author and most definitely not my last! Never Again is a story told in first person about Liz Wagner and how she's starting life in college. At eighteen she knows all about heartbreak as the boy she loved moved away and never kept in touch. Falling into depression she let her school work slide and missed out on going to the college of her dreams. Now she's rebuilt her life and has even managed to find happiness with Joe and then one day everything changes. Zach Roberts is...more
Carol
(Never) Again is an awesome must read N/A contemporary romance that captivates you from the first paragraph with characters that are totally relatable and swoonworthy. Lizzie and Zach will have you laughing, crying and shouting at the pages as they struggle to recapture a lost friendship and love. What a great debut novel for this author. Can't wait to read what's next.
Lizzy Charles
I loved this novel! It was such a sincere, sweet NA. I totally understood where the main character was coming from. I'm not someone who writes spoilers, so I won't go into details. But you need to read this novel! It made me remember how fantastic it is to surrender to your heart, and fall in love. OH, and the kisses, my gosh. They rocked. Please write more Theresa Paolo!!!!
Rachel Schieffelbein
I really enjoyed this book. The characters are great, and I felt so much for them! I wanted to know how they fell apart and I so wanted them to work things out. Paolo does a wonderful job of taking the reader through a wide range of emotions. The writing is great, very honest and real. I can't wait to read more by Theresa Paolo!
Vanessa Kelly
So I absolutely loved this book!

I never really understood the term book boyfriend until I met Zach.

Zach is the kind of guy you can't help fall for. He was always there when Liz(zie) needed him, whether she wanted to admit it or not. He was written so well, that you can't help but love him. I loved how Theresa, carried their relationship throughout the entire book, and you were saying "Come on get together already!"

So this book has skyrocketed to one of my favorite reads. It was so well done, t...more
Shirley Frances
There were some major issues with this story that I could not overlook. First, let me talk about the things I found interesting about this story.

The author, Theresa Paolo, did a wonderful job of drawing me into the story in the beginning. She gave me enough information to keep me intrigued as to why Liz was so conflicted with Zach's return. I enjoyed watching her struggle with her emotions and how the author went about bringing it to the page.

I also enjoyed Zach as a character. He was picture pe...more
Lady Lioness
Snagged from NetGalley.

I was enjoying this one, enough that I was twenty minutes late to work this morning, up until chapter 16. Chapter 16 contains the catalyst event that propels the story and the characters towards the ending. I did not like the way the heroine handled the event at all. Maybe if I was younger and less experienced at dealing with crises, I could perhaps relate more, but as it stood, I spent a lot of time rolling my eyes. I also wanted a more mature resolution conversation to t...more
Jenny / Wondrous Reads
(Never) Again is a New Adult book and focuses on university student Liz Wagner. She had a bad break-up in high school but finally moved on and now has a new boyfriend, Joe. Her old boyfriend, Zach, comes back into her life and stirs up all kinds of emotions, leading her to think that maybe it's not as over as it seems.

I enjoyed this book, even though I wasn't a huge fan of Liz. I found her to be quite immature for her age, and certain phrases she used (like referring to her virginity as a "v-car...more
Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide)
Chose not to finish 9/9/13

Thank you Penguin/NAL/Berkley for sending me this egalley to review!!

Unfortunately, I actually chose not to finish (Never) Again. I REALLY, REALLY have been looking for good New Adult romances and I love the college aspect of the book (although... are freshman even allowed to stay off campus? I don't think my school was allowed to but maybe others.. who knows) but I was actively disliking Liz, the main character.

Liz had a very immature voice for my taste. Clearly she...more
Irene
3.5 stars

I enjoyed reading (Never) Again and would have rated it higher if only I had gotten past how much Liz annoyed me.
Good lord the girl went on and on about Zach not calling her after he moved across the country and how he broke her heart so what does she do when he comes back to town?
She ignores him, she tells her best friend she's over him and that shes happy with her current boyfriend (ugh don't start me on that loser)

Look I get it, she was heartbroken when Zach stop all communications...more
Joanne
Liz was heartbroken when Zach her high school sweetheart moved out of town due to his parents relocating. He promised to stay in touch but then he just stopped calling. It was hard for her to move on because there was no official break up, and it took her a while to accept it was over.
Now she's at college and she's finally moved on. She goes to a local college and rooms with her best friend from high school. She also has a boyfriend, Joe, and everything is peachy until she walks into class one...more
Kelley Lynn
This book is a must read. Many times when I read a NA Contemp book, I find that I'm reading because I want to see the girl realize she needs to fall for the guy. Because I like the guy, and darn it, the main chick should like him too!

With (Never) Again, its like that, but different. I like Lizzie. She would totally be my friend. She's loyal, and stubborn, and determined. The girl thinks she knows what she wants. The way she treats her friends, her brother, this is the kind of girl I could read a...more
Amanda Walker
I really enjoyed (Never) Again by Theresa Paolo. The story of a young girl once heartbroken over a guy (Zach) who has returned back into her life. Throughout the whole book you can clearly tell Liz was having a fighter with herself about her feelings for Zach. One minute she hates him for breaking her heart, the next she his wanting and needing his touch. I LOVED it because Liz is like so many young women, when it comes to guys. Zach is AMAZING! He is such a great guy. This is definitely a story...more
Juliette Cross
Our heroine, Liz, reminded me of many college-age girls, defying their true feelings to protect a fragile heart. And though she put up a good fight, she was just no match for Zach. :) Zach was more than swoon-worthy, he was the kind of man you want to live the rest of your life with. Thankfully, Lizzie figured that out before it was too late. I loved the moment when she finally realized her heart still belonged to Zach. Lovely scene! [SPOILER] Although one of my favorite scenes was when he final...more
Mariana
I just.. wow.
This book kept me up, ALL NIGHT. I went to bed at 7 am because I just couldn't put it away.

Can't way for the next one =D
Kathleen Mari
Loved this book! Quick, easy read, lots of fun and sweet characters. Can't wait to read (Once) Again!
Rose Marie
Loved the book and this author! Must read!!
Jessica
Liz and Zach were too freaking cute.
I can't even tell you how adorable this book was.
I really liked that we saw Zach never give up and Liz working through her emotions and figuring out what was best for her.
Highly recommend.
Jen
For those who enjoy love, swoon, and more toned down smexy times in their New Adult, these are the books for you! While they are companion novels, both Never Again and Once Again can be read as stand alones without any loss of storyline.

Never Again is the story of Liz and Zach, high school sweethearts who end up on opposite sides of the country with miles of hurt feeling between them. When they do meet again at college, Liz realizes that old flames die hard but some of them never fully extingui...more
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Theresa Paolo lives in the same town she grew up in on Long Island, NY with her long time boyfriend and their fish. Her debut novel (NEVER) AGAIN, a NA romance, released in Fall 2013 with Berkley (Penguin). (ONCE) AGAIN will release this summer. She is also the coauthor of the Amazon bestseller KING SIZED BEDS AND HAPPY TRAILS and BEACH SIDE BEDS AND SANDY PATHS, a YA contemporary series, under he...more
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